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What to consider when designing your home office

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A metal desk and an extra chair stuffed into a spare corner may suffice if all you want is a nook to pay the bills once a month, but if you need a space to conference with people across the globe, run a business and burn the midnight oil, you need a functional, efficient office that reflects the design and comfort found in every other room in your home. Creating the perfect atmosphere to induce productivity is imperative because the temptation to procrastinate is strongest at home, where you have the freedom to do anything you want.

Emphasise the space

Creating a work space requires that you emphasise the focal points of your room or area that accentuate its purpose. Your laptop, day planner, phone, and other devices you will be using should be in plain sight and serve as a visual reminder that when you’re sitting at your desk, you’re doing so to work Arrange your objects in a way that feels inviting yet formal, and ensure that you keep your clutter to a minimum – a room full of unrelated objects will make the space feel confused.

“This may seem trivial, but it is uncanny how people forget our almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

Proportion and scale are as important to setting a room’s purpose. Emphasise the aforementioned key devices you own by creating negative space (empty space surrounding an object). You should also make sure there is ample negative space around you, this will prevent you from being cramped and claustrophobic – neither of which would motivate you to work.

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Set a tone

Think about the kind of tone you want to set for your room. A cathedral has a lot of negative space between positive spaces because of archways, large doors, and windows to create a feeling of grandeur and opulence. On the other hand, creating a lot positive space (filling your room with items, accessories, knickknacks) creates a warmer, cosier atmosphere, making an otherwise large space feel space and homey.

Lighting

To accentuate either tone, think twice about choosing your lighting. Plenty of lighting is always key to avoid unnecessary strain on your eyes, but too much of it can create a glare, induce headaches, harm your eyes (especially if exposed over a prolonged period of time), and make it hard to concentrate or feel at ease. I would suggest opting for fixtures that offer strong, but highly diffused, soft light over the room. To understand this, think of the fact that sunlight, when diffused by clouds, does not create a lot of shadows, but creates sharp silhouettes when directly facing you. In an office, it is imperative to opt for the former. Position the computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.

The right tone, a touch of light, and some inspiration…”

Invest in an ergonomic chair

Aesthetics are important, but so is utility and health. We have already discussed the harmful effects of prolonged seating sessions in this post. While we cannot always be moving about, we can mitigate the damage our spine would otherwise incur from a normal chair.

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Inspire yourself

Bring in some personal touches. We are not suggesting bringing a life sized cut-out of a celebrity, but feel free to set up a small shrine. Add cherished mementos, a piece of framed art that inspires you, or a special photo at your desk that reminds you of what is important and for whom and what you are working.

However, before thinking about just what that home office will look like, you must identify the right space. Some may opt to convert a spare bedroom; others might choose to utilise that extra room on the roof. I have seen studies created from a wide alcove in the middle of a corridor or in a free-standing structure at the bottom of the garden.

If a home office is essential for you and you are looking for a property to give you the right space, then Dahlia Real Estate Services can find the right properties with the right spaces that will suit your needs. Furthermore, their experts can guide you through identifying the correct location within your new prospective home. View their partner profile here and get in touch to make an appointment and discuss your requirements.

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